Junk in the trunk: evaluating the relationship between body-mass index and interracial dating for white adolescent females Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Polimis, Kivan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
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  • Increasing racial diversity in the United States coupled with changing cultural norms toward interracial dating fuels the growth in interracial couples. The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that influence heterosexual interracial adolescent dating, specifically the link between an adolescent's body mass index (BMI) and the likelihood of that individual entering an interracial relationship. I hypothesize that white adolescent women with BMI levels that align with the body type preferences of black men will date interracially at higher rates than their peers with BMI levels that are not consistent with preferences common among black men. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health), I estimate the effects of BMI on the likelihood of an individual entering an interracial relationship through binomial logistic regression analysis. I find that for white female adolescents, as BMI increases the likelihood of dating black men increases as well.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology.
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